Travis Barker has competition! Xiaomi trains its CyberOne humanoid robot to play the DRUMS
- CyberOne is Xiaomi’s humanoid robot, which was first unveiled in August
- A new video shows the $104,000 robot drumming along to a song
- It follows the beat with expert precision, but lacks the flair of human musician
Blink-182’s Travis Barker is widely regarded as one of the best drummers in the music industry.
But he could face some stiff competition from a rather unexpected musician – Xiaomi’s humanoid robot, CyberOne.
A new video shows the $104,000 robot drumming along to a song with expert precision.
Drumming isn’t CyberOne’s only skill – it also has arms and legs that allow it to walk just like a real human, while the android is fitted with AI technology that allows it to detect 45 human emotions.
A new video shows Xiaomi’s humanoid robot, CyberOne drumming along to a song with expert precision
Height: 5’9 (177cm)
Weight: 114lbs (52kg)
Arm span: 66 inches (168cm)
Lifting capability: 3.3lbs (1.5kg)
Degrees of freedom in motion: 21
Sound recognition: 85 sounds
Emotion recognition: 45 emotions
Price: 600,000 to 700,000 yuan (about $89,100 to $104,000)
In the short clip, which was posted to YouTube by IEEE Spectrum, CyberOne can be seen sitting behind a drum kit, playing along to a pre-recorded track.
‘The input for this performance is a MIDI file, which the robot is able to parse into drum beats,’ IEEE explains.
‘It then generates song-length sequences of coordinated whole-body trajectories which are synchronized to the music, which is tricky because the end effectors have to make sure to actuate the drums exactly on the beat.’
While CyberOne accurately plays along to the beat, its performance doesn’t exactly have much flair to it.
Commenting on the YouTube video, one user joked: ‘The performance is a bit…robotic.’
Another wrote: ‘He’s got rhythm, but he’s got no soul!’, while one quipped: ‘Drummers, your jobs are safe… For now.’
CyberOne was first unveiled on stage during a Xiaomi event in Beijing in August.
‘With AI at its core and a full-size humanoid frame as its vessel, this is an exploration of possibilities of Xiaomi’s future technological ecosystem and a new breakthrough for the company,’ said Lei Jun, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Xiaomi Group.
CyberOne has arms and legs that allow it to walk just like a real human, while the android is fitted with AI technology that allows it to detect 45 human emotions
Blink-182’s Travis Barker is widely regarded as one of the best drummers in the music industry
The robot measures 5’9″ (177cm) in height, weighs 114lbs (52kg), and has an arm span of 66 inches (168cm).
It was seen shuffling on stage during the event, albeit with slightly less fluid motion than a real human.
‘CyberOne supports up to 21 degrees of freedom in motion and achieves a real-time response speed of 0.5ms for each degree of freedom, which allows it to fully simulate human movements,’ Xiaomi explained in a statement.
The robot measures 5’9″ (177cm) in height, and weighs 114lbs (52kg), and has an arm span of 66 inches (168cm)
CyberOne is fitted with an AI interaction algorithm that allows it to perceive 3D space, as well as recognise individuals, gestures, and expressions.
According to Xiaomi, the bot can recognise 85 different environmental sounds, and 45 human emotions.
‘CyberOne is able to detect happiness, and even comfort the user in times of sadness,’ the statement added.
The exact price for the robot remains unclear, although Lei Jun said it’s likely to be in the range of 600,000 to 700,000 yuan (about $89,100 to $104,000).
WILL YOUR JOB BE TAKEN BY A ROBOT? PHYSICAL JOBS ARE AT THE GREATEST RISK
Physical jobs in predictable environments, including machine-operators and fast-food workers, are the most likely to be replaced by robots.
Management consultancy firm McKinsey, based in New York, focused on the amount of jobs that would be lost to automation, and what professions were most at risk.
The report said collecting and processing data are two other categories of activities that increasingly can be done better and faster with machines.
This could displace large amounts of labour – for instance, in mortgages, paralegal work, accounting, and back-office transaction processing.
Conversely, jobs in unpredictable environments are least are risk.
The report added: ‘Occupations such as gardeners, plumbers, or providers of child- and eldercare – will also generally see less automation by 2030, because they are technically difficult to automate and often command relatively lower wages, which makes automation a less attractive business proposition.’